WHAT MAKES ME, ME…
My whole life I’ve been a writer and storyteller. A curious and imaginative kid, storytelling started out quite innocently as a way to gain attention from family by turning what I thought was a ho-hum childhood into an exciting adventure.
Entering my teenage years, my storytelling advanced from telling tall-tales into a way to bring attention to the people and things I cared about – a way to tell stories and teach others about interesting people, causes, and places in the world, and a way to capture and hold on to the best parts of my life.
Writing is the one constant and the biggest blessing of my life. It’s carried me through happy and sad times, It’s allowed me to be able to express myself even when shyness has overcome me. In my career I’ve been blessed to write for, and be published in several children’s, consumer, and trade magazines, penned numerous amounts of published and unpublished poetry, prose, and short stories. And, these days my writing is allowing me to share my lifelong passion with cooking and food…
During my professional career, I’ve had the opportunity to write all sorts of articles, copy, sales and fundraising materials. I’ve designed logos, advertising, and promotional pieces, illustrated a book, worked as an editor, public relations, and marketing professional, managed events, and even owned and published a regional magazine. I’ve been a nonprofit executive director, worked as a director of development and marketing, national sales and marketing director, and newspaper reporter. At the core of all this, I’ve been a writer and a storyteller.
I’m probably best known for my years as editor and publisher of The Country Gazette Magazine (1992 – 2000), and for time spent as the executive director at the Fond du Lac County Historical Society (2015 – 2017).
Now, in addition to working on my solo blogging career with G-Free Deliciously and Notes from Lac du Nibiinaabe Blog, I offer companies a variety of brand services and do consulting and speaking focusing on living a gluten-free lifestyle, entrepreneurship, blogging and writing as a career, communications, marketing, and nonprofit management. Besides that my efforts are focused on family, and as the NewsBrief editor and a board member for the Wisconsin Writers Association.
Outside of my work, my husband Mark and I share our rural home in the heart of Wisconsin in an area known as “The Holyland” with a lifetime collection of books and other “rocks” that make life complete. We enjoy favorite times here being just the two of us, sharing summertime and holidays with visiting family and close friends, and special visits spent with our extraordinary grandchildren and god-grandchildren, equally remarkable — two grown children, goddaughter, and each of their spouses.
During spring, summer, or fall you’ll find me in my vegetable and flower gardens. During the colder months when the days are shorter, evenings are spent hand-quilting, relaxing with a historical romance, or indulging in the guilty pleasure of my iPad. I can while away hours reading or researching just about anything to do with history, especially culinary and food history (I fully own up to being a certifiable history nut), new and old recipes, gardening and craft ideas.
Year round, I spend a lot of time in my dream kitchen always whipping up something delicious, (my recipes are Gluten Free – since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2011). I’m not a chef, nor do I consider myself a gourmet cook. That said, I do think of myself as a pretty darned good cook. I’ve always loved getting creative in the kitchen, preparing, serving, and eating delicious meals with family and friends. Meals that focus on fresh quality ingredients with no preservatives, and are healthy, nutritious and wholesome.
In a recent writing exercise for an online class, I was asked to list what makes me, me. It’s a lot harder to do than you might think. Describing myself, I’d have to say I’m a strong-willed, creative, a big thinker, and a look at the glass-half-full kind of person. My most frustrating weaknesses are patience, feeling that I must try to fix everything and make everything right for the people I love, and numbers. I really dislike numbers.
In the end, in everything I do, my writing and storytelling is the one constant of what makes me, me.
I guess I’ve just always dreamed of being a writer.
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I’m Kymberley: former nonprofit director, now full-time blogger. My husband Mark, and I share our rural home in the heart of Central Wisconsin in an area known as “The Holyland.” We love visiting cool places across America, learning about the food, the people, culture, and the local history. Our favorite things are eating great food, dark chocolate, weekend coffee, lazy summer days, all sorts of music, and time with our grandchildren.
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